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 Have you ever heard of Oklo Nuclear Reactors. It is a very interesting subject.

"2 billion-year-old African nuclear reactor proves that Mother Nature still has a few tricks up her sleeve"

The objects in question are called the Oklo reactors, naturally occurring nuclear reactors named for the West African region of Gabon in which they reside. They've been dead for a very long time, probably over 1.5 billion years, but the evidence of their prior action is unmistakable. Sometime a bit less than 2 billion years ago, and lasting for about 300,000 years, the Oklo reactors held a series of stable nuclear fission reactions.

There has only ever been one natural nuclear reactor found, but study of how it worked, and why, is still informing nuclear decision-making to this very day.

 "Oklo Reactors and Implications for Nuclear Science"

"Unravelling how the geosphere and the biosphere evolved together is one of the most fascinating tasks for modern science. The Oklo natural nuclear reactors, basically formed by cyanobacteria two billion years ago, are yet another example of the surprises to be found in Earth's history. Since their discovery over forty years ago, the reactors have provided a rich source of information on topics as applied as can nuclear wastes be safely stored indefinitely to topics as esoteric as are the forces of physics changing as the Universe ages? "


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